Section 144, ban on large gatherings imposed in Delhi ahead of Farmers’ March

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in Delhi, signaling a temporary ban on large gatherings.

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Delhi is bracing for a significant event as farmers' unions gear up for the 'Delhi Chalo' march scheduled for February 13. This march, organized by more than 200 farmers' unions from across the country, aims to press the central government to address various demands, including the enactment of a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.

Security Measures Intensify

As anticipation builds for the upcoming march, authorities in Delhi and neighboring Haryana have taken stringent security measures to fortify their borders. Concrete blocks, road spike barriers, and barbed wires have been installed to prevent the entry of vehicles, while thousands of police personnel have been deployed to maintain order. Additionally, prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in Delhi, signaling a temporary ban on large gatherings.

Traffic Advisory and Restrictions

In light of the 'Chalo Delhi' march, the Delhi Police have issued a traffic advisory, informing commuters about restrictions on vehicle movement at three borders of the national capital. Traffic diversions and restrictions are expected to be enforced at the Singhu Border, starting from today for commercial vehicles and from Tuesday for all types of vehicles.

Government Response and Meetings

Amidst the preparations for the march, three Union ministers - Junior Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, Junior Home Minister Nityanand Rai, and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal - are scheduled to meet with farmers' organization leaders. These meetings come after the Centre invited representatives for discussions on February 12 to address their demands.

Prohibitory Orders and Border Sealing

The Haryana government has taken strict measures by imposing prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting the assembly of five or more people. Additionally, borders with Punjab in Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad districts have been sealed with concrete blocks, road spike barriers, and barbed wires to deter the proposed march to Delhi.

Temporary Detention Center

In anticipation of potential unrest, authorities have designated the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium in Sector 10 of Ambala as a temporary detention center.

The developments preceding the farmers' march underscore the heightened tensions and the government's proactive measures to maintain law and order. As stakeholders engage in dialogue and preparations intensify, all eyes are on Delhi as it braces for a significant display of protest and advocacy.